Province reports 312 new COVID-19 cases, including eight in North Central

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

Health officials reported 312 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, along with 198 recoveries and one death.

A patient in their 60s from the Central East region passed away after testing positive for the virus. No other details about the case were released. This is the 454th death recorded since the start of the outbreak.

Healthcare workers administered a new high of 13,710 vaccine doses on Saturday. That marks the fourth day in a row Saskatchewan has set a provincial record for vaccine doses administered.

More than 282,000 doses have been administered since the start of the vaccine rollout, with 41,134 residents having received a first and second dose.

The North Central region reported eight new cases and nine more recoveries on Sunday, bringing the active case total to 61. North Central Zone 2, which includes Prince Albert, reported four new cases. There are now 31 active cases in Zone 2, 19 in Zone 1, and 11 in Zone 3.

Healthcare workers administered 397 vaccine doses in North Central on Saturday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 20,972. More than 4,300 North Central residents have received both their first and second shot.

The three far north regions reported a combined eight new cases, six of which were in the Far North West. The remaining two were in the Far North East. There are now 42 active cases in the Far North West, 19 in the Far North East, and one in Far North Central.

The North East region, which includes Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale, reported six new cases and 10 more recoveries. There are now 54 active cases in the area.

Saskatchewan currently has 2,504 active cases. That’s the third straight day the number of active cases has gone up. The province has reported an average of 249 new cases per day over the past week.

The Regina Zone continues to have the highest number of active cases with 1,044. Saskatoon is second with 440, followed by the South East with 302 and South Central with 171. Far North Central has the fewest number of cases in the province, followed by the Central West and Far North East.

There are 46 COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care. Five of those ICU patients are in North Central.

The province reported no new lineage results on Sunday. Of the 1,435 variants of concern (VOCs) identified in Saskatchewan, 1,426 are the U.K. variant. The remaining nine are from South Africa.